Slack users can leverage native program functions to make working conversations more functional. The tool allows you to schedule messaging, send automatic messages with Slackbot, enable a Do Not Disturb mode so you won't be bothered by chats while you perform tasks, and even send GIFs in conversations.
The tool integrates with other services for different purposes, such as Google Drive and Trello, and also allows you to change the aesthetics of chats, changing the fonts of sent texts, platform colors and even activating Night Mode. Check out the following list of ten useful everyday functions on Slack on your computer.
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Slack recently released the Night Mode platform on the computer. The feature works on both desktop and web versions. Until then, it was only possible to change the color scheme of the graphic details of the screen to, but it remained the white standard. Now, the entire page receives dark gray as the predominant color, and you can also change the colors of the details.
Slack released Night Mode for desktop and Web version on computer Photo: Playback / Rodrigo Fernandes
To enable Night Mode, access the menu by tapping the channel name located in the left corner of the screen, and select Preferences. Then go to Themes and choose the Dark option.
Slackbot answers questions automatically in Slack Photo: Reproduction / Rodrigo Fernandes
Slackbot is Slack's autoresponder robot. The tool allows channel users to customize the answers that will be given by the bot when specific questions are asked in conversations. Action helps save time, as the program itself answers questions for you. To customize the answers, go to the settings menu and go to Customize Slack. Then select the Slackbot tab.
Slack lets you use Gifs from Giphy platform Photo: Reproduction / Rodrigo Fernandes
Native integration with Giphy lets you easily add GIFs to conversations. To use the animations, simply type the command / giphy, followed by the desired GIF theme, such as / giphy cats. A random figure suggestion will appear for you to evaluate if you like it is possible to confirm the submission, raffle another GIF or cancel the action.
4. Integration with other services
Slack Apps Directory lets you integrate platform with multiple apps Photo: Reproduction / Rodrigo Fernandes
Slack has an Apps Directory that enables integration with many external applications. You can sync data with Google Drive, Trello, Gmail, Outlook, Google Calendar, One Drive, and many other useful tools for everyday data management. The Directory can be accessed from the side menu under the Add Apps option.
Some basic conversation commands can be triggered by the keyboard. You can talk directly to a colleague using @ followed by their name. Slack also allows you to trigger commands to perform actions easily. To do this, just type / followed by the desired command. To invite a user to the channel, for example, just type / invite + @ username.
Slack commands let you use platform gilly Photo: Reproduction / Rodrigo Fernandes
You can also easily navigate between channels using keyboard commands. Enter # and view all the rooms you attend. Then simply choose the desired channel and jump straight to it.
Slack lets you mute channels so you won't be disturbed while performing tasks Photo: Playback / Rodrigo Fernandes
It is possible to silence a specific channel to stop receiving notifications. The feature is useful when performing an important task where you do not want to be disturbed. To do this, press the / mute command and enter the desired channel name.
When scheduling a reminder, Slack sends an automatic message to people tagged. Photo: Playback / Rodrigo Fernandes
You can schedule reminders to remind channel members or a specific person about performing important tasks. The Remind function sends an automatic message at the predetermined time to notify employees of the action. To schedule a reminder, trigger the command / remember + the name of the channel or person + the message. Then the system will ask when the message should be sent, allowing the user to determine the ideal time.
8. Mark messages as unread
An easy way to flag a message by marking as unread. This way you will always see the notification that there is news in the conversation, avoiding forgetting something important. To do this, tap the three dots next to the message and select Mark as unread.
Slack lets you edit fonts to make text highlighted Photo: Reproduction / Rodrigo Fernandes
Slack allows you to format the text in bold, italic and strikethrough. To type in bold, enclose the text in asterisks: * example *. For italics, use underlines: _example_. J to leave strikethrough text, use the tilde: ~ example ~.
Slack's paid plans allow you to make voice and video calls with room members (including screen sharing), allowing you to make video conferences and meetings from your computer. Subscriptions start at US $ 4 per person per month (R $ 16.68 in direct conversion at the current quote).
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